The G20 summit currently taking place has already seen plenty of drama due to stand-out moments like a bizarre high-five between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince being recorded and the clip going quickly viral. There was also the embarrasing faux-pas by the Argentine delegation meant to receive Emmanuel Macron which got delayed, leading to the French President being greeted by an empty airport.
And, now there’s this: Cronica TV, an Argentine news channel, displayed an image of The Simpsons character Apu even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Buenos Aires. The channel used the headline “Apu arrives” as the Indian PM’s plane touched down in the South American nation’s capital, leading to widespread condemnation on social media.
One of the longest running animated shows on American TV, The Simpsons came under intense scrutiny after Indian-American Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu highlighted the stereotypical depiction of Indian immigrants in Hollywood.
The sitcom recently addressed the criticism over Apu’s characterisation in the episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished. However, it failed to pacify the viewers and was slammed on social media for its tone-deaf response to the controversy. Following this, the show’s producers announced that they would be writing out the character, who has been voiced by Hank Azaria since first appearing in a 1990 episode.
Kondablu also took to Twitter, following the Argentine channel’s misstep, to express his disbelief.